Monday, June 22, 2015

bennett | two months

Our sweet little bug is two months old this week! No longer a newborn, but all baby, he has rolls all over his thighs, arms, tummy, and ankles. A nod to how much he loves to eat! On that note, this month he weighs in at 11lbs 14oz, and is almost 23 inches long. 50th percentile for weight, and about 40th percentile for length.  We thought he seemed longer, and he has such long toes, feet, and fingers, that we are thinking he will make a pretty big growth spurt at some point. 

We tease him that he has a Grandpa haircut (although neither of HIS Grandpas do)... but he lost the hair on the top of his head, and kept all the hair around the sides and the bottom. Haha! We're slowly starting to see regrowth on the top, and it's coming in VERY light. We might have a blondie on our hands? Both Jared and I were quite blonde as kids so we'll see.

Well, Bennett, you have learned many new things this month, buddy... you have found your voice and although you still coo a lot, you have now discovered the squeal and you are getting quite good at it. Sucking on any available body part you can find is fun too - your own hands and fingers, or someone elses shoulder/forearm/face.... 

You still love your pacifier - although we are glad its not something you're dependent on yet. You only take it at bedtime occasionally, it's more of a daytime occurrence as you're getting closer to eating and farther and farther away from a nap. :) But more often than not, you are so content to just coo and observe everything going on around you without it. And if you don't want it when we offer, you are mastering the spit-out. You've even almost shot it off your carseat before!

We were thinking you might have rolled over by now - you get so so close, but can't quite close that last gap yet. I'm thinking it will happen very soon! Tummy time still takes the cake as one of your least favorite things.... second only to getting your eyes and face wiped off. But your neck is so strong! When we burp you it is almost constantly balanced straight up, and only occasionally will you do the "newborn plummet" into our chest. 

Although the max you've slept during the night is 6 hour increments (and that's inconsistently) you are an amazing little guy when it comes to going to bed and going back down effortlessly after your overnight feeding. Usually you're headed to bed before 9, do one overnight feeding somewhere in there, and then back to sleep until the mid morning. Sleeping anywhere between 9 and 12 hours each night. We are making due quite well, and both mom and dad have had to accept that you are your own kid, and despite some patterns we thought we'd see happening by now, you're going to do things your own way and that's ok. We are doing our best to train you though!

Your favorite place to be (ironically) is on your changing pad. We put it on the floor so you can just lay there and look around. Most often you're happiest in just your diaper. Sometimes you're content for 45 minutes there just drinking in your surroundings. We think it's adorable, and that you also might have some introverted tendencies coming out. That's usually our first try if you're fussy and we're holding you. Sometimes (not always) it calms you right down! On the flip side, you also love being wrapped up in your lamby blanket (your absolute favorite - thanks Auntie Al!) and bouncing on the exercise ball. Mom and dad get a little dizzy, but you mellow out and go to sleep like a dream. Thats usually whipped out when you're overdue and boycotting a nap. 

Another fun development is how alert and aware you are of what's going on around you. You don't sleep a ton anymore during the day, which sometimes makes it hard to get stuff done :) but also makes bedtimes easier. You really focus in on your toys now, anything bright and with a pattern and you can stare and follow it! You really like your playmat and hanging toys, and also when we hang your swaddle over the banister and you can look at it while laying on your changing pad. The swaddle usually gets a laugh or two from you also! It has been such a treat seeing you stare at our faces and follow our voices. You definitely know when we are around! 

And laughing. Oh... your smiles. How we love your half smirks that turn into open mouth grins. With the occasional coo/squeal included. You give those out liberally to mom and dad and we absolutely love it!!

We are enjoying watching you change, sweet boy. This month really turned you into a growing developing baby, and I can only imagine how the next months are going to go! We love you so so much!

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